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City cops targeting suspected dealers

 

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

Police targeted at least 30 area suspects Wednesday morning accused of selling and buying drugs within the City of Lincolnton.

The operation, dubbed “March Madness,” is the first drug roundup for the Lincolnton Police Department this year.

Agency officials said the effort is part of a number of smaller operations police investigators are now conducting to keep from overwhelming the county court system and overcrowded detention center.

In 2011, the agency targeted just fewer than 100 area drug dealers across 16 days, packing the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center with more than enough inmates.

Before heading to suspects’ homes both in Lincolnton and the surrounding county on Wednesday, officers gathered at the East Main Street station for a 6 a.m. briefing.

Teams dispersed from department headquarters in pairs, each group set with an assigned packet of suspects’ names, photos and past and current addresses.

Together, the group of suspects has been accused of multiple drug crimes, Police Lt. Brian Greene said.

This month’s round-up includes multiple residents outside city limits, police said, prompting the department to seek assistance from Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives.

Both Matt Burgess and Dan Renn issued warrants outside the city, responding to suspects’ homes throughout the rest of the county.

Police warned area drug dealers that with the smaller roundup efforts, they should anticipate officers’ knocking on their doors more often.

While the agency stated last year it had plans to carry out an average of four annual operations, police last conducted a roundup in July.

Greene credited the lag in round-ups to both successful undercover investigations and agency limitations.

“Our investigations have been going well,” he said, “and have led to (locating) more people dealing. We are limited by what we can do, but as long as informants are willing to work, we don’t want to give them up.”

Over the last three years, Lincolnton Police Department drug roundups have included Operations “Rock Bottom” and “Independence Day,” both in 2013, Operation “Early Christmas” in 2012 and “16 Days of Christmas” in 2011.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has conducted similar efforts over the last few years, targeting more than 280 offenders in their own operations, county narcotics investigators said.

Up until 2005, the two agencies maintained one city and county-wide Drug Task Force, according to Greene who, over the years, has held tight to the belief that the roundups send a clear message to drug dealers in the community that local law enforcement agencies will not tolerate their criminal behavior.

The Lincolnton Police Department coordinated Wednesday’s effort with assistance from the Magistrate’s Office, Asst. District Attorney Mike Miller, Sheriff’s Lt. Alan Houser with the county detention center and Lt. Tim Johnson, head of the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit.

 The following people have been apprehended in the operation:

  • Ronald Jarvis Thompson, 42, of 3903 Grange Rd. in Maiden was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine), sell/deliver crack cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $$9,999 bond was set.
  • Issac David Moose, aka “Russian Rocker,” 20, of 709 Melinda Ln. in Newton was charged with charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell/deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone / hydrochloride), possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and sell/deliver heroin. A $60,000 bond was set.
  • Cheryl Anne Elisabeth Bernardi, 25, of 4495 King Wilkinson Rd. in Lincolnton was charged with three counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) and sell/deliver cocaine, two counts of conspiring to sell/deliver cocaine and one count of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $70,000 bond was set.
  • Heather Nicole Sisk, 22, of 1456 Bess Chapel Church Rd. in Cherryville was charged with four counts each of trafficking opiates and conspiring to traffic opiates, two counts of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax) and sell/deliver xanax. A $115,000 bond was set.
  • Jordy Lamar Jefferies, aka “Da Noodles,” 27, of 205 Mauney Dr. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A $1,000 bond was set.
  • Kimberly Rose Evans, aka “Kimmie,” 48, of 391 Mooregate Ln. in Lincolnton was charged with two counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine), sell/deliver cocaine and conspiring to sell and deliver cocaine. Bond amount unknown.
  • Joshua Clinton Jones, 33, of 2502 Johnstown Rd. in Crouse was charged with four counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell/deliver marijuana and conspiring to traffic opiates. A $90,000 bond was set.
  • Brittney Nichole Revels, 33, of 903 Pinhook Loop Rd. in Gastonia was charged with four counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, conspiring to traffic opiates, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (klonopin), sell/deliver klonopin and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $110,000 bond was set.
  • Christopher Michael Schaller, 25, of 993 Wellman St. in Gastonia was charged with four counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of posssession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, conspiring to traffic opiates, possession with a schedule IV controlled substance (klonopin), sell/deliver klonopin and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $110,000 bond was set.
  • Norma Jean Helms, 48, of 102 A St. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone), sell/deliver hydrocodone, sell/deliver klonopin, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (ativan), sell/deliver ativan and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $30,000 bond was set.
  • Sonya Joann Wilmoth, 34, of 6528 Todd Ln. in Denver was charged with one count each of trafficking opiates and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. A $55,000 bond was set.
  • Summer Leann Barrett, 24, 5790 Summer Ln. in Cherryville was charged with one count each of trafficking opiates, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance (liquid hydrocodone) and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $110,000 bond was set.
  • Michael Christopher Hart, 25, of 139 Ideal Dr. SE in Lenoir was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone) and sell/deliver oxycodone. Bond amount unknown.
  • Nicole Woodcock Harkey, aka “Sheila Nicole Woodcock,” 25, of 3030 Livingstone Trl. in Lincolnton was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. A $5,000 bond was set.
  • Benny Ervin Hall III, 28, of 710 S. “D” Ave. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine), sell/deliver cocaine and conspiring to sell and deliver cocaine. A $15,000 bond was set.
  • Karen Grant Byers, 42, of 727 Wilcox Ave., Lot 16, in Gaffney, S.C., was charged with three counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone), possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax), sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax) and conspiring to traffic opiates. A $75,000 bond was set.
  • Beverly Renee Manning, 29, of 727 Wilcox Ave., Lot 16, in Gaffney, S.C., was charged with one count each of three counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone), possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax), sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax) and conspiring to traffic opiates. A $75,000 bond was set.
  • William Jerome Wilson, aka “Rome,” 29, of 2 Cobb St. in Lincolnton was charged with two counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance (molly) and sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance (molly). A $20,000 secured bond was set.
  • Jarvis Lamont Jackson, 22, of 301 Old Tavern Ln. in Maiden was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell/deliver marijuana and conspiracy. An $8,000 bond was set.
  • Teron Thompson, 23, of 939 Car Farm Rd. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine, sell/deliver crack cocaine and conspiracy. A $15,000 bond was set.

 

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